Former MRAA Director Passes Away

Boca Grande, January 4, 2011 ~ Tandy Counce, owner of Counce Marine in Memphis, Tennessee passed away on January 2, 2011 at his home in Germantown, Tennessee. Counce had owned & operated Counce Marine since 1962. He had a long and illustrious career in the recreational boating industry. He served several terms on the Board […]

MRAA announces President selection process

Dave Foulkrod, Chairman of the Marine Retailers Association of America, is announcing the process that will be used to select a new president for the association. “The process will be extensive and thorough,” said Foulkrod. “We will be looking nationwide for our new president.” All qualified and interested parties shall submit their resumes electronically to […]

MRAA President announces retirement

Phil Keeter, President of the Marine Retailers of America, is announcing his retirement. Keeter will retire on December 31st , 2011. Keeter has served as the president of the association since February of 1988. Keeter was one of the 12 founding dealer members of the association in 1972. He served on the board from 1972 […]

Registration now open for 2010 MDCE

MINNEAPOLIS – General registration for the 2010 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, scheduled for Nov. 14-17, 2010, in Orlando, Fla., opened this morning, with nearly 100 industry leaders already signed up for the event. Online registration is now available at the official MDCE site, The national dealer conference attracted 750 people in 2009 — […]

MDCE to return to Orlando

The Marine Dealer Conference & Expo is returning to Orlando for 2010. Having recognized monumental growth for the past two years and in anticipation of additional growth this year, the Marine Retailers Association of America has selected the Orange County Convention Center and the Rosen Plaza Hotel for its annual event, scheduled to take place […]

MDCE exceeds expectations

ORLANDO – When the three-day 2009 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo (MDCE) came to a close on Nov. 18, not only had the show grown substantially by all measurable indicators, the educational content and networking opportunities had set off a wave of business improvements that will continue to positively impact participants for months to come. […]

Nearly 750 attendees participate in MDCE

ORLANDO – During the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo opening keynote yesterday evening, organizers touted the conference’s record growth. Nearly 750 people — almost triple 2008 attendance — had registered for the event, which is taking place at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort until Wednesday, Nov. 18. Nearly 430 dealers registered for the event, which means […]

MDCE to kick off behind record growth

For the second-consecutive year, the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo is set to kick off with monumental growth. More than 660 people — marking more than 166-percent growth over 2008 — have pre-registered for the event, which takes place at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando beginning this coming Monday, Nov. 16. More than 410 […]

MDCE registration up 81 percent

More than 450 marine industry professionals have registered to attend the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, to be held Nov. 16-18 in Orlando, representing an increase of more than 81 percent over last year’s total attendance. Of those registered, more than 310 are dealers, representing a 56-percent increase over 2008’s event. “In the face of […]

MDCE surpasses benchmarks

With nearly seven weeks to go until the start of the 2009 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, to be held in Orlando Nov. 16-18, dealer registration and total exhibitors are up over last year’s event. Early-bird registration is up 24 percent over the 2008 total number of attendees, and the total number of exhibitors is […]